Two Fiction Book Reviews

As I mentioned a couple of weeks back, I have recently finished two fiction books. One of them comes from one of my favourite fiction authors, John Grisham. The second is the first in a series by a newer author, Stieg Larsson.

The first review is of Grisham’s most recent release, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. His two latest releases (this one and the other being Ford County) have been somewhat shorter than normal. He does this every once in a while, with these three books being other examples – Skipping Christmas, Bleachers, Playing for Pizza.

The subtitle of this particular novel hints at the plot – a young teenager, Theodore (Theo) Boone, has a deep desire to be a crime-solving lawyer one day. Though both of his parents are lawyers, which probably drew him into the law-scene, neither are involved in areas that would call for the solving of crimes. Even at such a young age, Theo already has an ‘office’ and is constantly giving legal advice to friends at school. He persistently visits the most important place on earth to him – the courthouse – even missing classes to listen in on cases and converse with all those busily at work in the courthouse.

But, with a high-profile local murder case just beginning in town, Theo gets his crime-solving opportunity earlier than expected after being visited by a friend with information about an eyewitness that could be just the evidence needed to crack the case. What will Theo do? How will he handle the evidence? Who can he confide in as he holds on to this dangerous information? That’s for me to know and you to find out…

I’m looking forward to the release of his newest book in October, The Confession. After the two shorter releases, this is back to his normal length.

The second novel to briefly review is the first of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy entitled The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Because I had mentioned that I loved suspense novels, someone suggested this series to me. It is intense, to say the least, meaning, it’s not for the light-hearted and it could end up being offensive to some Christians.

Mikael Blomkvist, the main character, is a journalist in Sweden. But one day he finds himself being prosecuted following a wrongful publication, though he actually did have the evidence to dispel all charges of falsifying information. After stepping down from his journalism company, at least for a while, and with his career looking hopeless, Blomkvist is approached by Henrik Vanger, an old industrialist about a special project. Vanger offers to help Blomkvist, but there is a catch – spend one year researching the mysterious disappearance of his great-niece 40 years earlier, which will come under the guise of writing a biography of Vanger.

Reluctantly, he agrees to take on this year-long project. And after some months of pretty much fruitless research, Blomkvist invites the investigative Lisbeth Salander – ‘the girl with the dragon tattoo’ – to help him along the way. Salander is a troubled young lady in her 20’s with all sorts of issues, especially with authority. And, so, she is not one you want to mess with.

As Blomkvist and Salander dig further and deeper into the case, things start to unfold with this mysterious, long-unsolved crime. And, as usual, things aren’t as they seem with various twists and turns coming into the storyline. Do they solve this 40-year puzzle? Who are the key suspects? Are there more murders to take place in the present time? Again, that’s for me to know and you find out…

But why might this book be offensive? Basically, there are a few scenes of intense sexual description. At times, I wondered whether I should pass on finishing the book. I hear that the second book – The Girl Who Played with Fire – is even more intense with some sexual descriptions. So, as I said, this book, and full series, might not be for the light-hearted or those that could struggle with reading a couple of intense sex scenes, as I do understand the wisdom in guarding our hearts and minds.

The first book was also made into a movie and you can view the trailer here.